At Delaware Investments, our passion for performance extends into the community. Year after year, we work to strengthen our partnerships with local initiatives that make a difference in and around Philadelphia.
Through corporate sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, Delaware Investments continues to strengthen its long-term community involvement with a wide array of local civic, charitable, educational, and cultural organizations, as well as volunteer programs.
Delaware Investments Charity Classic IX: YESPhilly
On October 14, 2013, Delaware Investments awarded $213,614 (including a matching donation of $100,000* from the Macquarie Group Foundation), to YESPhilly, a nonprofit organization that develops opportunities for the many youth who drop out of Philadelphia schools. Currently, there is a pool of about 50,000 Philadelphia high school-aged youth without diplomas or GEDs, of which the School District of Philadelphia was only able to fund about 5,000 alternative education slots for high school dropouts.
The donation will go toward the YESPhilly School and GED Program, where students ages 16-21 have the opportunity to meet high school graduation standards or prepare for GED tests. Students participate in a combination of academic courses and workshops that also develop media, technology, and life skills.
Since its launch in 2005, the annual Charity Classic and Macquarie Group Foundation have successfully raised more than $1.4 million, benefiting a number of deserving Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations, including:
2012: Rock to the Future
2011: Habitat for Humanity®
2010: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
2009: After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP)
2008: The Cradle of Liberty Council, Philadelphia Futures
2007: Philadelphia Society for Services to Children
2006: Neighborhood Bike Works, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
2005: Operation Warm
*AUD. Conversion rate at time of approval applies.
Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2013
Delaware Investments employees participated in both fundraising efforts and the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the fifth year in a row. Money raised (and matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation) totaled $3,990 and will help fund more MS research than any other non-profit in the world, as well as mobilize people in the Greater Delaware Valley living with this unpredictable disease.
Philabundance food drive
In July 2013, Delaware Investments employees conducted a food drive for Philabundance, a nonprofit organization that provides food to approximately 65,000 people each week in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance serves low-income individuals at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens. In total, Delaware Investments donated 45 boxes, weighing in at 1,145 pounds — enough to prepare more than 3,000 meals.
Delaware Investments sponsors Eagles Flight Night
For the second consecutive year, Delaware Investments has become an official sponsor of the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP). EYP serves more than 50,000 low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia area, focusing on health and education programming. EYP brings services directly to kids — at their schools and in their neighborhoods.
April 2013: Raising funds to fight disease, provide meals, and more
Throughout April, Delaware Investments employees conducted a variety of fundraising activities, benefiting organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Philabundance. Funds were raised through events that included a bake sale, a book sale, and raffles for Phillies tickets. Employees raised a total of $5,300, which will be matched by the Macquarie Group Foundation.
Employees adopt families for the holidays
In December of 2012, Delaware Investments partnered with Cityteam Philadelphia to adopt deserving families throughout the Delaware Valley. Cityteam Philadelphia is a branch of Cityteam International, a national nonprofit organization that provides housing, food, and other necessities for lower-income families. Volunteers throughout the city provide toys and clothes to children who would have otherwise not received gifts for the holidays.
This season, 100 Delaware Investments employees participated in the program and adopted 150 children. Several members of the Fixed Income and Third-Party Distribution teams also contributed cash donations to Cityteam.
Employees provide school supplies to students in Camden, N.J.
In August 2012, Delaware Investments employees participated in the Kids Alley annual backpack drive, which provides children with backpacks filled with school supplies at the start of each school year. Kids Alley provides after school programs for low-income children in Camden, teaching them various skills in math, arts, and sciences. Employees provided 12 filled backpacks and several donations. In addition, in May 2012, Delaware Investments held a fundraising drive for Kids Alley, raising $2,500. Macquarie Group Foundation matched the effort with another $2,500 for a total of $5,000
Delaware Investments employees' generous efforts during the holidays contributed to the final Philabundance overall total as well, helping to help feed a total of 831 families in the Delaware Valley.
Cycling for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure
On June 2, 2012, a team of 15 Delaware Investments employees participated in the American Diabetes Association's annual Tour de Cure. The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
The cyclists rode through Ambler, Pa. on routes randing from 15 miles to 63 miles. The team raised $6,134 and received a match from the Macquarie Group Foundation for a total of $12,178. The team put in a total of 120 hours leading up to and following the events.
2012 marks the third year that Delaware Investments has participated during that three-year period, Delaware Investments and the Macquarie Group Foundation raised more than $65,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
Guest chefs continue to visit the Ronald McDonald House
Delaware Investments employees visited the Ronald McDonald House in 2012 as part of its Guest Chef Program where volunteers work together to prepare home-cooked meals. They came together to lend a hand in the kitchen and spend quality time with families who have put their lives on hold to take care of their sick children. The Ronald McDonald House is a safe "home away from home" for families and their sick children seeking medical treatment. Giving them a safe place to sleep, eat, and comfort one another allows them to focus entirely on healthful outcomes and feel the support of their new community. The Ronald McDonald House runs on volunteer participation and donations, providing a haven for loved ones at a discounted cost or sometimes no cost at all.
Other partnerships and volunteerism
With volunteer opportunities in abundance, Delaware Investments initiated its Community Advisory Committee (CAC) in March 2010 to help cultivate volunteerism at all levels of the organization and accelerate the fostering of relationships throughout our local community. The CAC meets quarterly to assess potential opportunities and encourage Delaware Investments employees to provide volunteer support for projects of nonprofit organizations. Many of these projects focus on providing educational opportunities and improving the health and welfare of our underserved children.
Together, Delaware Investments and the Macquarie Group Foundation share the simple belief that a company has a responsibility to work for the betterment of the communities in which it operates. With the growth of our business comes the duty to give back, to help make a difference, and to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we do business — a responsibility borne out of the core principles on which our company was founded.